News Release: Anthony Viegbesie Campaign
September 3, 2014
QUINCY, Fla. -- Dr. Anthony Viegbesie’s campaign received word from Gadsden County Supervisor of Election Shirley Knight on Tuesday, September 2, that Viegbesie is the newly elected Gadsden County Commissioner of District 2.
After winning the August 26 primary with more than 44 percent of the votes cast in the race¸ Viegbesie was set to face NPA candidate Earnest Rory in the general election, however, Knight received a letter of withdrawal from Rory from the Gadsden County Commission District 2 race.
Because of Rory’s decision, Viegbesie is now officially elected to the Gadsden County Commission District 2 seat.
“I am honored to be Gadsden County’s newly elected commissioner,” Viegbesie said. “Our campaign had already begun to prepare for the November election, I’m relieved that it is over and now the work and great change for Gadsden County can begin.”
Viegbesie defeated incumbent Doug Croley and Tredalya Lee in the primary.
“I want to thank everyone who supported me throughout this campaign process which overtime became a movement, and the movement has just begun," Viegbesie said. "It’s time for us to go forward with this movement and do new and innovative things to create jobs; support our small businesses and communities in order to revitalize our economy. This has been an incredibly exciting journey and I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners in making Gadsden County the best county to live and work in Florida."
Viegbesie, a married father of six, previously served as the president of the Tallahassee Branch of NAACP and the first vice president of the Florida State Conference of NAACP branches. He is currently an economics and public administration professor at both Florida A&M University and Tallahassee Community College.
Viegbesie will take office on November 18, at the normally scheduled Gadsden County Commission meeting.